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From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

1. From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

Take part in a tour that takes you into winter wonderland. Enjoy the unique scenery of eternal snow and various glaciers. Board your coach in Lucerne. Enjoy a breathtaking drive from Engelberg up into the high-alpine glacier world of Titlis Mountain. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier's steep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car Rotair. The sun terrace on top of Titlis Mountain (3000 m) offers unforgettable views of the alpine panorama of the Swiss Alps. Visit the Glacier Cave and take a ride with the Ice Flyer-chair lift to Glacier Park. Pass over Europe's highest suspension bridge and look forward to going snow tubing. Drive back to Lucerne in the late afternoon after an unforgettable winter experience.

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Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

2. Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

Head inside the Swiss Museum of Transport with your entrance ticket and explore at leisure. The museum charts the development of rail, air, space, road and water travel with hands-on exhibits, simulators and multimedia displays. Your ticket gives you access to its key exhibition halls and areas, filled with more than 3,000 displays, making for a fun day out for adults and kids. Visit the Aviation Hall to view historic aircraft and flying machines. The museum takes its exhibits to new heights with flight simulators that give you the rush of operating an airplane, helicopter or hang glider. When it's time to get grounded, walk around the Rail Transport Hall to see steam locomotives and model railways, and try your hand at negotiating tunnels, signals and bridges in train simulators. Zoom over to the Road Transport Hall for the history of automobiles and to view 20 of the world’s most iconic cars. You can even turn into a crash-test dummy to experience a bruise-free collision in one interactive exhibit. Other attractions include the Navigation Hall with its fascinating seagoing displays; the i-factory covering information technology; and the Swissarena where you can walk across a one-of-a-kind aerial photo of Switzerland that takes up an entire room. The Media World presents the multifaceted world of media: amongst other things, visitors can produce their own content in a professional TV studio, practice their directing skills, test the editing suite, and discover the opportunities up-to-the-minute media technologies have to offer. Most people find two–three hours in the museum is sufficient, but your ticket lets you explore for as long as you like. For a supplement you can also visit the museum's domed planetarium to witness its dazzling astronomical shows, or its Filmtheater to watch spectacular 3D and high-definition movies.

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Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

3. Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

Enjoy a very special walking tour of Lucerne. Stroll through the “City of Lights” and discover its famous landmark: the Chapel Bridge with the octagonal water tower. It forms part of the historical city walls together with the Spreuer Bridge and the Museggmauer with its 9 towers. On the 2-hour stroll through the city discover many other sights including the modern Culture and Congress Centre, the beautiful squares and the historical building facades in the old town. As you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town with your expert tour guide, discover humorous and interesting facts about Lucerne’s history, churches, bridges, balconies, streets, towers and squares.

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Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

4. Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

Use your entrance ticket to head inside the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, an attraction located at the Swiss Museum of Transport. Take your seat on a traveling cart to embark on a multimedia journey about Swiss chocolate. Listen to fascinating commentary on your audio guide as you pull up to 10 different displays to learn about the history of Swiss chocolate and how it's produced, transported and sold. Learn when and how chocolate was discovered, how people first cultivated their precious cocoa beans and how Switzerland’s yummy chocolate — considered some of the finest in the world — is manufactured and transported to confectionery counters everywhere. Along the way, feel your senses come alive: the multisensory ride envelops you in the aromas, flavors and sights of chocolate for a truly immersive experience! Plus, receive your own free sample of delicious Swiss chocolate to take home or enjoy during your journey.

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From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

5. From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

Visit the charming old town of Lucerne on this day-long excursion. Your tour will take you over the Albispass and along Lake Lucerne, the Lake of the Four Cantons, to the town itself. There you will take a small guided tour of the most important sights in the city such as the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church, and the concert and congress centers. After this, you will have 6 hours to yourself, in order to explore this town, its culture, and traditions, on your own. Visit the Verkehrshaus, the museum of transport and communication, or the Rosengart Museum, housing works by Picasso and Paul Klee. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Lucerne, or ride on the City-Train, a road train taking you around the city in 40 minutes (April to October). The picturesque back-streets and alleyways of the old town would entice anyone into strolling down them, to explore their hidden charms. Do a bit of shopping in unique surroundings. Enjoy a relaxing day out from Zürich to Lucerne.

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Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

6. Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

Discover the historical city of Lucerne on this tour with a night watchman. Start the tour on the right bank of the river by the Chapel Bridge. Listen to the fire horn, followed by the call of the night watchman. Listen to the exciting tales of the night watchman about his life, the Lucerne Chronicle of Diebold Schilling, the brilliant engraver Martin Martini, the stonemason Hans von Trient and his adversary Luzius Ritter, as well as other personalities from Lucerne’s past. At the beginning of the tour you can look at the route and attractions on the city map by Martini from 1597. Discover Kapellplatz and walk along Furrengasse to Kornmarkt. Here you can admire the Luzerner Elle and the Luzerner Fuß in the wall of the town hall. Hear the story about the giant of Reiden before continuing on along Brandgässli, which recalls the night of fire in 1833. Stop by the guild house of dressmakers and learn all about the legend of the night of murder in Lucerne. A few steps further is the wine market, where the night watchman brings you closer to the Swiss art of war. See the linden tree, where the pillory and the bank once stood, and listen to information about the court order, legal violations, and interrogation techniques. If time allows, you can stop at Zöpfli, one of the most beautiful places on the river in the old town. The route then continues on over Reuss Bridge, past the first Mint to the breathtaking display window of the medieval Alte Suidtersche Apotheke. Continue on to Ritter Palace and the story of Hans von Trient and his adversary Lux Ritter. Watch the dance of death by Jakob von Wal and stroll up the river across the Chapel Bridge back to the starting point.

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Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

7. Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

Explore Lucerne/Luzern's highlights on this trip around the city in an electronic tuk-tuk. Listen to the driver's interesting stories about the sights, the locals, and life in the city. Start the tour with some information about the Culture and Congress Center (KKL), designed by the famous French architect, Jean Nouvel. After that, cross the Seebrücke bridge and admire the excellent view of the lake, as well as to the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). Make your first stop at the 17th-century Hofkirche (Church of St. Leodegar), the most important church in the city known for the biggest organ of its time. Next, move on to the outstanding Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument). Continue your drive through the old town to the historic places in Luzern, as well as some lesser-known secret posts. Finish the tour back at the Culture and Congress Center (KKL) again. Here, you can continue your adventure with a museum visit, or simply relax with a tea or coffee in this spectacular building.

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Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

8. Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and together you’ll make your way into central Lucerne. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city center across the Reuss river, and admire the surrounding mountains. Continue towards the wooden Chapel Bridge, a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing, and learn the history of this beautifully painted bridge.   Discover the car-free inner city circle and the old town, filled with 16th-century buildings. Walk across the Spreuer Bridge and take a coffee break along the Reuss river. After the break, continue along the city wall, built for defensive reasons in the 14th century. End your city tour by the Lion Monument, a rock relief commemorating the massacres of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.   Your tour guide will then lead you to the boat station, where you’ll board a panoramic yacht and sail out on to Lake Lucerne. Listen to the audio headset commentary during the cruise, or ask your guide about the mountains, houses, and other sights along the shore. After the 1-hour boat tour, you’ll return to Lucerne, where your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

9. Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

The city of Lucerne is set against an impressive mountain backdrop. Walk with your guide through the beautiful old town and enjoy spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. On this 3-hour tour, admire architectural gems and centuries-old monuments, including the Chapel Bridge, the most-photographed sight in Switzerland. Experience the charm of Lucerne’s other old bridges, its towers and streets and take in panoramic views of the city from Lake Lucerne on an hour-long boat tour. This is a perfect Swiss adventure in the city of Lucerne – a charming place to visit throughout the year.

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Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

10. Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

Your local guide will welcome you at the reception of your hotel in Lucerne before briefing you on the route on a city map and providing all the information you need about your tour. You will then depart to the Bourbaki Museum, where your guide will provide you with historical information about it. Following this, you will continue to the Lion Monument, which represents a dying lion and commemorates the fallen Swiss mercenaries who died in the storm of the Royal Palace in the turmoil of the French Revolution. A walk of about 10 minutes will take you to the hill of the Musegg Wall, the still preserved part of the outer city fortification of medieval Lucerne. You will visit the "Schirmerturm" and the "Zeitturm" with its clockwork from the late Middle Ages. You will learn interesting facts about Swiss history, the wars of liberation, the territorial expansion policy and the armed neutrality that still applies today. After encountering the city center, you will have the chance to visit the wine market which hosts the city's oldest fountain. You’ll drink pure Pilatus spring water and learn from your city guide why the old town well flows the best water in the city of Lucerne. Afterwards, continue through the legendary Furrengasse to Peterskapelle, the first church in the city of Lucerne, which dates back to the founding of the city in the 12th century. You will stroll across the world-famous Chapel Bridge to the other river side of the historic center. Afterwards, visit the Jesuit Church and visit this first baroque church in Switzerland from the inside (except during church services). Just a few steps further on you will reach the cantonal government building, the former Ritter's Palace and the city's most imposing Renaissance palazzos. During your visit, you will see the courtyard with the loggias and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings of the unfortunate stonemason "Hans von Trient". You can then enjoy the presentation of the seven paintings which show the Dance of Death (Danse Macabre). This famous Renaissance art work was created around 1610 by Jakob von Wyl.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

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based on 538 reviews

Great time with Luis, he took his time to explain the history of the place as well as show us the key parts of the old city. The river trip was awesome.

The trip was excellent, all going as advertised. Mr. Gallus was perfect as the trip leader. He is a Zurich expert.

Outstanding tour with Luice! Saw places I would most likely not have seen on my own. Highly recommended

Great experience - should not be missed. Wear warm clothes !!!

It was perfect. Pascal Our guide was so nice and friendly!!